🔴On 8/17, @CJTFOIR & @cmoc_sdf, conducting a routine anti-ISIS security patrol near Tal Al-Zahab, encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro-Syrian regime forces…the patrol [was attacked]. Coalition troops returned fire in self-defense. No Coalition casualties. Full Statement 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/3qWFrZh1wR
— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) August 17, 2020
A clash between Syrian forces and U.S. troops reportedly left at least one Syrian dead on Monday — a rare fatal confrontation on a battlefield confused by a surplus of foreign intervening forces in the protracted civil war. The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria denied reports that an American service member was wounded in the incident near a Syrian air base, and that the coalition had carried out an airstrike during the clash.
An independent war monitoring organization and Syrian state media spoke only of Syrian casualties.
The incident occurred Monday south of Qamishli, a city in northern Syria near the Turkish border, when Syrian troops refused to allow a U.S. patrol to cross a checkpoint near Qamishli air base, according to the Syrian regime and the independent Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) war monitoring group.
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No coalition casualties as U.S. troops, SDF, return fire on pro-Syrian regime forces in Syria, officials say — Military Times
US Patrol Under Attack in Syria Returns Fire — Military.com
US troops attacked in eastern Syria, officials say — FOX News
US military denies Syrian state media report that helicopters attacked a Syrian army checkpoint — Task & Purpose
US forces target Assad checkpoint in northern Syria: Reports — Middle East Eye
US helicopters attack Syrian army checkpoint: State media — Al Jazeera
Two soldiers killed in rare northeast Syria coalition strike — Arab News/AFP
One Syrian Officer Killed, Two Injured in US Airstrike South of Qamishli, Reports Say — Sputnik